01-05-2017 2017 Miss & Mr. Coloma Jan. 7; News and Newsmakers of 2016 revisited

2017 MISS AND MR. COLOMA CONTESTANTS… pictured (from the left) are: Dustin Irerd, Brett Tutton, Zack Heater, Jenna Walter, Allison Beck, Harleigh Unger, Nikki Bryant, Camalin Normandin, Cassidy Fickett, Bailey Evans, Harrison Spaulding, Grant Kroshcel, and Jacob Sharpe. Not pictured is Hannah Strunk. The Coloma Community Or-ganization invites the public to the 2017 Miss and Mr. Coloma pageant on Saturday, January 7 at 6 p.m. at the Coloma High School. The theme is Bedazzle. Tickets purchased in advance are $20.00 each; please call Barb Stroder at 269-468-3731 or Doreen Hess at 269-468-4020. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.00 each.

News and Newsmakers of 2016 revisited

By Angela Stair

 In these first weeks of the New Year it is an annual tradition of the Tri-City Record to recall the headline stories of the previous year.

 Following the News and Newsmakers feature, the Record will publish noteworthy stories and photos from the Press Box columns of 2016.

 Complete pages of each issue are archived at www.tricityrecord.com and on Facebook.


  White out conditions, once again wreak havoc on I-94 between Watervliet and Hartford.

I-94 or parking lot…Three multi-vehicle crashes on Sunday afternoon resulted in one fatality and several injuries.  Hartford Public School transported non-injured to Hartford Federated Church, American Red Cross provided assistance while troopers interviewed parties involved.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., Michigan State Police troopers from the Paw Paw Post, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the Hartford Police Department responded to several traffic crashes on eastbound I-94 just west of Hartford and westbound I-94 east of Hartford.

The initial minor injury crash involved eight passenger vehicles and one semi-truck on eastbound I-94.  Drivers directly behind the crash were able to stop safely and not collide or lose control.

As traffic began to backup, approximately 1/4 of a mile west of the initial crash, two semi-trucks collided.  With high speeds for conditions, drivers following too closely, and low visibility; 42 other vehicles crashed.

The second collision involved 38 passenger vehicles and six semi-trucks.  This crash resulted in one confirmed fatality and three patients with life threatening injuries.

An additional 11 people involved in the crash were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, including one Van Buren County deputy who was struck by a passenger vehicle while he was rendering first-aid to a subject with a broken leg.

During the same time, a 12-vehicle minor injury crash occurred on the west bound side of I-94 approximately one mile east of Hartford.  This crash involved six passenger vehicles and six semi-trucks.

The Emergency Operations Center was activated shortly after the crashes occurred.  Multiple law enforcement agencies, wrecker services, and the Michigan Department of Transportation worked to open up I-94 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Other headlines for January

  Harford City Commissioner calls Christmas decorations “crap”.  City of Hartford swears in incumbents for 2016.